Petro Appoints Colombian Ambassador To Venezuela

Petro Appoints Colombian Ambassador To Venezuela

Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced on Thursday the appointment of former senator Armando Benedetti as Colombia’s new ambassador to Venezuela, thereby advancing his intention to normalize diplomatic relations with the government of his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolás Maduro.

“I have decided in response to the Venezuelan government, which has appointed an ambassador, who will have the responsibility of normalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries, to appoint Armando Benedetti as Colombia’s ambassador to Venezuela, waiting for the approval of that government,” Petro told reporters. in allusion to the appointment of Félix Placencia as ambassador to Colombia.

Petro stressed that Benedetti has the “arduous task of normalizing relations between the two countries” and “reestablishing the institutionality that existed decades before” and so that the “two sister peoples can protect their rights, guarantee their freedoms and ensure that Colombia enters and Venezuela can build wealth for both peoples”.

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For his part, Benedetti thanked the head of state for his appointment, saying on social media: “I will surprise him when we reach 10 billion dollars in trade, when we benefit the more than 8 million Colombians who live on the border. No imaginary line will separate us as brothers again. Thank you for your trust!”

Benedetti became a key player for Petro when he was campaigning for the Presidency and was part of the delegation that announced the reestablishment of relations between the two countries.

Venezuelan Ambassador

Maduro announced today the appointment of former foreign minister and current director of the International Center for Productive Investment (CIIP), Félix Plasencia, as the new ambassador to Colombia.

He indicated that the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry has already requested the approval of the Colombian Foreign Ministry and “Ambassador Félix Plasencia will soon be in Bogotá.”

The Venezuelan president also referred to the reopening of the border shared by both countries and assured that he is working on “a very serious plan” for the “scheduled” and “progressive” opening of this strip, for which he has appointed a team that it is in charge of the executive vice president, Delcy Rodríguez.

Meanwhile, the Venezuelan Defense Minister, Vladimir Padrino López, reported on Tuesday that, by order of Maduro, he would establish contact “immediately” with his Colombian colleague, Iván Velásquez Gómez, to “reestablish” military relations between the two countries. .

Colombia and Venezuela, which share a 2,219-kilometer border, have not had diplomatic relations since they were broken on February 23, 2019 by order of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, amid an escalation of tensions with his Colombian counterpart at the time, Iván Duque. , for his support of the opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

However, Petro and his foreign minister, Álvaro Leyva Durán, have already stated that they will also agree to normalize relations with the Maduro government.

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